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The Report of inspection and repair technology of sodium cooled reactors

Kisohara, Naoyuki ; Uchita, Masato; Konomura, Mamoru; Kasai, Shigeo; Soman, Yoshindo; Shimakawa, Yoshio; Hori, Toru; Chikazawa, Yoshitaka  ; Miyahara, Shinya  ; Hamada, Hirotsugu  ; Ara, Kuniaki ; Hayashida, Hitoshi ; Yoshida, Eiichi

Sodium is the most promising candidate of an FBR coolant because of its excellent properties such as high thermal conductivity. Whereas, sodium reacts with water/air and its opaqueness makes it difficult to inspect sodium components. These weaknesses of sodium affect not only plant safety but also plant availability (economy). To overcome these sodium weak points, the appropriate countermeasure must be adopted to commercialized FBR plants. This report describes the working group activities for sodium/water reaction of steam generators (SG), in-service inspection for sodium components and sodium leak due to sodium components boundary failure. The prospect of each countermeasure is discussed in the viewpoint of the commercialized FBR plants. (1)Sodium/water reaction. The principle of the countermeasure for sodium/water reaction accidents was organized in the viewpoint of economy (the investment of SG and the plant availability). The countermeasures to restrain failure propagation were investigated for a large-sized SG. Preliminary analysis revealed the possibility of minimizing tubes failure propagation by improving the leak detection system and the blow down system. Detailed failure propagation analysis will be required and the early water leak detection system and rapid blow down system must be evaluated to realize its performance. (2)In-service inspection (ISI&R). The viewpoint of the commercialized plant's ISI&R was organized by comparing with the prototype reactor's ISI&R method. We also investigated short-term ISI&R methods without sodium draining to prevent the degrading of the plant availability, however, it is difficult to realize them with the present technology. Hereafter, the ISI&R of the commercialized plants must be defined by considering its characteristics. (3)Sodium leak from the components. This report organized the basic countermeasure policy for primary and secondary sodium leak accidents. Double-wall structure of sodium piping was ...



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